Multi-award winner artist John Legend says his music and his activism typically go hand in hand.
Talking in Abu Dhabi, forward of a current efficiency to mark the fifth anniversary of the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, the “All of Me” star stated he has at all times believed pushing for constructive change is a part of a musician’s function.
“I used to be at all times a fan of artists that used their platform to attempt to make change on the earth, I used to be at all times impressed by them, I at all times thought that was a part of what it meant to be an artist,” he stated.
“Folks like Nina Simone and Paul Robeson and Marvin Gaye and Bob Dylan and so many others spoke out for what they believed in and wrote songs about it and in addition funded protest actions, and spoke out for what they believed was proper.”
He provides that his focus is on bettering communities. The 43-year-old has made quite a few charitable contributions. His Present me marketing campaign launched in 2017 goals to interrupt the cycle of poverty.
“Effectively within the U.S., I focus primarily on bettering our communities by investing in them and divesting from issues which can be dangerous like extra jails and prisons and extra policing, in order that’s actually been my focus, investing in our communities, making an attempt to make them stronger and divesting from methods that trigger hurt in our communities.”
Main as much as the midterm elections, Legend posted an image with former U.S. President Barack Obama on Instagram with a caption studying “Returned to Las Vegas final night time to encourage people to vote.”
Justice, fairness and bettering individuals’s lives
To him, social media will stay an necessary software to unfold his message.
“It’s an open query how lengthy Twitter will even be round, however I feel as a result of we’re in a position to join with so lots of our followers by way of social media, we’re in a position to allow them to know what we’re pondering,” he says.
“I feel a politics of affection means you imagine in justice, you imagine in fairness, you imagine in doing what we will to put money into options that may truly enhance individuals’s lives,” he explains. “And in order that’s actually my politics, it’s a politics of affection.”
American singer and songwriter John Legend unveiled the third single of his eighth studio album named Legend, along with his music video “All She Wanna Do” that includes rapper Saweetie.
In 2018, the performer lived as much as his title and have become the primary African-American man to ever full the EGOT, an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award, the 4 greatest prizes in showbusiness.